If you’re reading this, you probably already know that Boston, Massachusetts boasts a roster of the ripping-ist bands out there. Faithfully pulling influence from their home state, the sound of the city’s newest offering, Boston Strangler, can be found somewhere on a spectrum between local classics SS Decontrol and Negative FX. Comprised of members of other Boston acts such as The Rival Mob, Mind Eraser, and No Tolerance (just to name a few from their the very long list), it is safe to say that Boston Strangler will remind you of all that is great about this city’s hardcore scene, past and present.
Boston Strangler’s debut full length, Primitive, is eleven tracks of undeniably pissed off hardcore. With not one song exceeding three minutes, each track is short and simple, the way punk/hardcore should be. The American scene has needed a revitalization of this raw ’80s sound in recent years and Boston Strangler are bringing back that resonance that was so indicative of their predecessors.
It’s worth mentioning that the limited LP release of this record has become a commodity for collectors and fans, selling out quickly from all the various outlets that briefly carried it. But it is definitely worth having this record on vinyl for that gritty ’80s tone.
Few albums receive the level of hype that Primitive has garnered in recent months, yet this LP lives up to every word. It’s no wonder it made so many top ten lists for 2011 (although technically not coming out until this year) and will surely appear on many for 2012 as well.